Carroll’s girls soccer program enjoyed spring break without playing a game. However, that didn’t mean head coach Matt Colvin wanted his team to lose its edge.
Colvin brought his players in for a workout on Saturday. But he also relied on their honor to use the break to stay on top of their fundamentals as individuals. That’s usually not a problem, since that team is filled with self-starters.
“Usually, we tell them to take an extended Christmas break,” Colvin said. “But with the way the schedule fell, we trained more in the holiday and gave them all off on last week. They’re a pretty motivated group. We just asked them to stay sharp in their off time.”
Of course, Carroll (17-2-2, 8-1-1) has long since clinched a playoff berth in District 7-6A. Barring anything unforeseen, the Lady Dragons are going to finish second to Coppell. They conclude the regular season this week with a pair of games. They play host to Haltom on Tuesday and then travel to Hurst L.D. Bell.
Tuesday was senior night. Carroll was saying good-bye and thank-you to 17 seniors. While that seems like a lot (and it is), it’s only half of the roster. Colvin carries 34 on this team. And that’s something he has done in each of his 14 seasons running the program.
“This is a group that has definitely given back to the program,” Colvin said. “Their approach was something of what they can do to help each other. So we need to celebrate them. They have an impact on three things: on the field, training day after day and building team chemistry. That helps this program play to a certain level.”
Colvin said he pretty much looks at his roster with the intent to play everybody. Depending on matchups, there are going to be games where this team can play everybody. There are also games where he is limited.
“We’re pretty deep all around,” he said. “We have kids that can play all three spots on the field.”
The home stretch
Carroll is heavily favored to win these final two games. Colvin said he just wanted his players to pay attention to detail as they moved into the postseason next week.
This is the time of year where coaches want their teams to peak. Now, how they get there varies. As far as Colvin is concerned, he followed the pattern in the second sport he coached: cross country.
He watched what former coach Robert Ondrasek did toward the end of the season. Instead of tapering the workload, Colvin wants to maintain the pace.
“We’re not going into this where we’re going to monitor minutes over the next couple of games,” he said. “We do what we can to make sure they get quality minutes. But we’re pushing them.”
As for the mental side, Colvin said some of the workouts will look at making any personnel change(s) if need be. But he wants his team to prepare itself for any type of situation, including how it needs to adjust if it trails late in a game or if it takes an early lead.